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Ten things...

Just because all the cool people are doing it, here are ten things that I've done that you probably haven't:
  1. Founded a religious order.
  2. Invented a programming language.
  3. Built a boat from scratch.
  4. Gone to Chautauqua every single year of my life.
  5. Been a bridesmaid, a groomsman, a wedding officiant, a groom, and am in line to be a bride.
  6. Hosted a radio show.
  7. Chained myself to the White House fence to protest the nuclear arms race.
  8. Founded a national civil rights group.
  9. Emigrated to another country.
  10. Stood watch at the helm of a 700 ton cruise ship.
(Changing sex and earning a black belt left out because plenty of other folks have done both. Likewise writing award-winning software.)

Update: (because my friends kick even more ass than I suspected)

  1. Crossed the Atlantic by ocean liner, when ocean liners were still a serious means of getting back and forth.
  2. Commissioned a luxury yacht from a famous designer.
  3. Won the Deerfield debate.
  4. Designed an operating system.



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Feb. 24th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
One of these days I may actually finish designing a programming language.

Whether anyone else would want to touch it with a 10-foot pole afterwards is another question entirely.
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
Maybe it's a programming language concerned with 10 foot poles... ? *wink*
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
I hosted a radio show! I know someone who built a boat - it's a kayak that lives in his basement -- nothing as fancy as yours.
Feb. 26th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Is the kayak builder on my friends list? :-)
Feb. 26th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
I don't see him -- his username is outdoortoys -- he's pretty new and hasn't written too much yet.
Feb. 24th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
I founded the Church of the Super Genius. Did you found a serious one?
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
Is that like the reverse of being SubGenius (like me)?
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
The Church of the SuperGenius denies being a parody of the Church of the SubGenius, but we are a Discordian heresy and everyone knows you can't trust Discordians, especially when they are denying something.

We do, however, worship the true SuperGenius, Wile E. Coyote, the God For a Time When Nothing Works RightTM.
Feb. 24th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
I invented a programming language too once, but as nobody else ever used it (indeed I never finished the interpreter) I don't know if that counts.

It wasn't very good. It was quite a lot like FORTH. Maybe these two things are related.
Feb. 24th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
I emigrated to another country. Well, the same as you. And I was a news reader at my college radio, which is not quite the same as hosting a show.
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not very exciting. I once shook hands with Ted Kennedy in a rather bizarre circumstance, and had my name on a couple of patent applications (for modified corn starch). Going back to push molecules around the lab now.
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
I *still* host a radio show. And it all depends on what you mean by "emigrate". The was certainly the way I approached moving to London, England, but the couple of months living in Geneva were clearly temporary. Moving to Costa Rica was a long term but temporary thing, so I don't classify that as emigrating, I don't think. Must ponder...
Feb. 24th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
someotherguy has done #1 and #2.
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Likewise writing award-winning software

Really? What've you written (that I don't know about)???

(awaits for egg on face when I find out)
Mar. 17th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Crossed the Atlantic there and back on a freighter and on an Ocean liner
Michaelangelo - Mediteranean Cruise in 72 including full atlantic transit
there and back.

Zawechost - US to England from either Newark or East Chicago (i do not
remember) in the winter of 73 (Awesome trip !!)
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